Transport for London invests in LeafNut

Photo Caption: Rasib Khan, far left, James Quinn, fourth from the right, and Russell Fletcher, far right, from Harvard Engineering with the Transport for London team. From left, Darren Horobin, William Nash, Brian Richmond, Shaun Hamer, and Dave Johnson.
Photo Caption: Rasib Khan, far left, James Quinn, fourth from the right, and Russell Fletcher, far right, from Harvard Engineering with the Transport for London team. From left, Darren Horobin, William Nash, Brian Richmond, Shaun Hamer, and Dave Johnson.

Harvard Engineering, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of control products for the lighting industry, is pleased to announce it has secured a contract with Transport for London (TfL) to install LeafNut, the company’s innovative wireless monitoring and control system for street lighting. The system will initially be deployed across 35,000 of TfL’s 52,000 street lights as part of a new energy efficient lighting programme.

The programme, which also includes the installation of a new LED lighting system, aims to reduce carbon emissions in the future by approximately 9,700 tonnes a year and contribute to energy cost savings of £1.85 million a year by the time the system is implemented in 2016. Energy consumption is also expected to be reduced by 40%, compared to current levels.

Installing LeafNut, which is fully designed, developed and manufactured at Harvard’s UK head office in Normanton, West Yorkshire, will allow TfL to remotely monitor and manage street lighting, as well as dynamically control lighting levels at different times of night. LeafNut will also remotely record lighting failures, enabling maintenance crews to ensure that lighting levels are restored without delay.

Dana Skelley, director of asset management at TfL commented, “The performance and cost effectiveness of energy efficient lighting has improved considerably over the last few years. Our aim is to provide assets fit for the future and this programme to upgrade lighting on the capital’s busiest roads is a simple yet hugely effective way to not only reduce carbon emissions, but to also reduce costs whilst providing better lighting of our road network.”

Russell Fletcher, sales and marketing director at Harvard Engineering, commented, “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract and are looking forward to supporting TfL to achieve the energy savings and to optimise their control of the streetlights on the main TfL routes throughout the city. For Harvard, it’s a further endorsement of LeafNut, as the preferred system in the UK street lighting market and builds on our demonstrable successes with local authorities across the UK.”

LeafNut has been installed by over 100 local authorities across the world, from Sydney in Australia, to Zurs Ski Resort in Austria. The innovative solution can save up to £46 per street light, per year, in energy and cut carbon emissions by up to 100kg per street light per year.

Inspired by the international success of LeafNut in the outdoor lighting market, Harvard recently launched an award winning ingenious wireless control and monitoring system for indoor lighting called EyeNut.

Harvard Engineering Background Information:

Established in 1993, Harvard has grown to become a leading player in the LED lighting and wireless street lighting market. Harvard’s innovative range of products includes the CoolLED range of switchable drivers and EyeNut, the revolutionary wireless remote monitoring system for indoor lighting as well as LeafNut.

Awards:

2013 – Winner of the Lux Controls Innovation of the Year Award

2012 – Winner of the Judges’ Choice Award at the Mail on Sunday’s Made in Britain Awards

2012 – Winner of the Lux Manufacturer of the Year Award

2012 – UK National Finalist for the European Business Awards

2011 – Winner of the Orange Innovation Award at the National Business Awards

2011 – Winner of the Innovation award at the Wakefield Express Business Awards

2011 – Winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, within the Innovation category

2010 – Winner of the Yorkshire Forward Innovator/10: Innovation in Action Award

2010 – Winner of the Light Sources & Controls Award at the Lighting Design Awards

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